Nicholas Hatfull

Nicholas Hatfull

Underfoot

Underfoot, part homage to designer Enzo Mari’s puzzles, relocates the contours of the Italian modernist’s work to an imagined city pavement. Departing from Mari’s purity, bas-relief details suggest scarred, cracked paving stones and limn the lid of a squashed soda can. A pool of spilled orange soda nestles alongside the stylised forms of a half-eaten sandwich and the remains of a fish. With oversize, hefty pieces ranging from clearly recognisable features from the urban environment to more abstracted, indefinable elements, all distilled into an elegantly interlocking puzzle, Underfoot invites open-ended, imaginative play. Disassembling the puzzle offers various associative play scenarios, engaging with ideas of the man-made world, and an introduction to the tradition of bas-relief sculpture. When not in use, it can be displayed as an artwork in its custom box to be enjoyed by adults and children alike.

Nicholas Hatfull  (b. 1984, Tokyo, Japan). He studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art (2003-2006), and the Royal Academy for his Postgraduate Diploma (2008-2011). He was the Sainsbury Scholar in Painting and Sculpture for 2011-12 at the British School at Rome. He recently exhibited alongside a selection of Victor Willing’s works as part of ###i/i###with Josh Lilley Gallery. Previous solo exhibitions include: Solo River Grave and Il Bagno, Peles Empire (2012 and 2011); Ignorant with the Suncream (Seafront Delivery), at Karsten Schubert (2009). Group shows include re-generation, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome; and Newspeak – British Art Now, Saatchi Gallery, (2010).

Nicholas Hatfull

Underfoot

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63 x 56 x 5 cm

Maple wood and resin 

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